skin and bones

idiom
variants: or skin and bone

Definition of skin and bones

informal
: very thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy After the illness, he was skin and bones. The starving dog was nothing but skin and bones.

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“Skin and bones.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skin%20and%20bones. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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